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State unveils new COVID-19 mobile testing lab at Honolulu airport

Nov 5, 2020

HONOLULU (KHON2) — A blessing ceremony was held at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport as the state unveiled its newest coronavirus mobile testing laboratory.

Governor David Ige and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell attended the event to express support of the site, which will serve as a COVID-19 testing and results facility for arriving travelers.

The lab is fully integrated and will have the ability to test up to 10,000 people a day with a PCR test.

“Having this lab facility here in the islands, being able to process these samples, is a fundamental strategy upon which we build our public health program,” said Gov. Ige.

Officials say that the COVID-19 testing facility will be able to process results anywhere from a few hours to two days.

The lab, which is headed by the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii, is currently not a trusted state testing partner. However, NKFH officials noted that it is working on getting approval. Once established, the lab will help facilitate inter-island travel.

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